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Portrait of Flying Machines
Self-Titled Debut album
Release Date: September 22, 2009

William Ryan George - vocals, keyboards
John Wlaysewski - guitar, vocals
Evan Joyce - bass
Ken Weisbach - drums

“Flying Machines invite you to buckle in for an engine-revving plunge toward melodic euphoria.
Enjoy the in-flight movie, wherein the young hero finds out that life is not the destination but the
journey, and that the road to hell is paved with good intonations.”
– John Wlaysewki, guitarist, Flying Machines
Flying Machines are that rare breed: A fresh-sounding New York band whose smarts and
cleverness don’t interfere with their capital ‘R’ rock. A lineup whose gifted singer-keyboardist is
influenced by Ben Folds and Freddy Mercury, while the Zeppelin-loving, Fender-playing
guitarist is unafraid to go to 11…and shred on solos. They’re anchored by a “hyper-creative”
rhythm section who keep Flying Machines from soaring out of the stratosphere. On their self-
titled debut for Meteor 17/EMI, Flying Machines’ timeless, classic-sounding modern rock is
musically precocious, but never precious. As band co-founder John Wlaysewski notes, “We
mesh my abrasive rock guitar and William’s beautiful singer-songwritery thing. He brings the
beauty, I bring the rock. We’re not a garage band, and but we always try to keep a little of that
mentality so we don’t pick things apart to the nth degree. Like all my guitars on the album were
done in one take.” The result is a kinetic record that encompasses the theatrical, surreal and
dramatic. From the first single, the irresistible, irrepressible pop gem “On A Whim” to the pure
emotion of the carefully crafted “I Don’t Remember Why” to the soaring melody and guitar
lines of “Hopelessly Alone,” Flying Machines are that are dynamic and sublime.